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Azia Hernandez Serves Looks and Her Community In Her Reign As Miss Massachusetts United States

 Azia Hernandez is a Mexican-American who has been crowned your most recent Miss Massachusetts United States. In a heart-breaking YouTube video Azia shared the story of her unexpected double mastectomy. This near-death experience started a journey of self-love and inspired a movement. Azia has since written a children’s book titled "Love Yourselves." This book has a positive message of embracing your differences and loving who you are. Azia set off to the Dominican Republic in the beginning of 2022 to help build an orphanage and spread her message to the local children. Azia organized outings where she met with children of the D.R. to dance, make balloon animals, and share her message of self-love. 

What are some major achievements or accolades that you've accumulated?

Miss Massachusetts United States has brought a year of accomplishments. Shortly upon being crowned Miss Massachusetts United States I was able to share my story to a national audience, write a children’s book to bring my message of self-love to a younger audience, and bring smiles and loving memories to the Dominican Republic. 

Who or what motivates or inspires you to do the work you do?

 I just want to make a younger version of myself proud. I think back to when I was a five-year-old girl and what I would tell myself my life is like now. I want to make that little girl full of enthusiasm and to have a sparkle in here eye. I would like that little girl to be happy and excited to grow up and be me.

What are some projects that you are currently working on or promoting?

 I have written a children’s book titled “Love Yourself.” The message is that the most beautiful thing someone can have is a pure kind heart. It is a beautiful thing that we are all different and it is our differences that truly make us beautiful.

Additionally, in the beginning of 2022, I found myself in the Dominican Republic. When I was there, I saw so many children in need of love and care. With the help of some friends, I was able to organize a fun day to meet with some local children. I read my book, we danced, played games, I made balloon animals, and we made beautiful memories. My plan is to go back to the Dominican Republic to continue making a different anywhere I can. 

What is your ultimate goal in your career/life?

I feel the most powerful thing I can do is share my message. Through this, I hope to bring smiles and encourage people to be brave, kind, and themselves. If people can look at my story and feel ready to take on life then I have achieved my goal.

What is a cause that you are passionate about and how do you contribute toward its advancement?

Due to work and school being on zoom 71% of people afraid to go back to  in person school/work, not because they were afraid of the virus, but because they were afraid to face their peers without a filter. I can understand that, because I used to want to hide away too. Through sharing the story of my life, having a double mastectomy, and the growth that has come from it I have been able to heal and positivity impact other. My goal is to inspire people to love themselves and embrace what makes them special. I hope people hear my story and feel brave enough to take control of their own life and unapologetically be themselves. 

Why should our readers support you and your brand?

I would feel incredibly humbled if your readers supported me and my brand, because my story is relatable. Everyone goes through hard times, maybe not a near death experience, but a struggle nonetheless. If the readers can hear how I turned this negative into a positive, then hopefully they can find it in themselves to do the same. 

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

I would like your readers to know that life has its ups and downs, and it is in those dark moments where bravery can triumph, and a hero can be born. Tragedy is inevitable but it does not define us. How we handle tragedy shapes us into the person we are tomorrow. If people have one take away, I would like it to be “be brave, be kind, and be you.” We don’t get less scared, we only get braver. Kindness is golden, and the world deserves to know who you truly are. Live for you.


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